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Manangking wins in Tagum

Jilian Manangking finally nailed the elusive crown, winning the 10-unisex title then added the 12-and-under plum to emerge one of the three “double” winners in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis tournament at the Tagum Tennis Club and Davao del Norte Sports Complex yesterday.

The third-ranked Manangking from Pikit, Cotabato upended second seed Reyman Saldivar Jr., 5-4(4), 4-0, in the semifinals then dominated Charles Jumawan, 4-0, 4-1, to end a two-year search for the 10-U crown in the country’s premier age-group circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

The young but fiery lass from Pikit Central Elem. School in Cotabato then kept the momentum of her breakthrough win and toppled Jonamil Prado, 7-5, 6-3, for the 12-U title in the Group 3 event which drew more than 250 entries and sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp.